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Geo Pehchan Ramazan transmission

KARACHI: The interest of the people continued on the eleventh day running in the “Pehchan Ramazan” programme of the Geo television, the most successful broadcast in the history of television. On the special invitation of the host and internationally acclaimed broadcaster Dr Aamir Liaqat Hussain, the representatives in Pakistan of “Make a Wish,” Mirza Ishtiaq […]

Studio blaze

THE early morning fire in the studio of a private TV channel in Lahore on Monday is another painful reminder of the lack of concern for safety standards in Pakistan. At least five people were reported killed while over a dozen were injured when the blaze erupted during a live sehri transmission. The fire was […]

Shaista Zaid: an appeal to government

By: ANIS SIDDIQUI Islamabad: SHAISTA Zaid bade farewell to news reading on radio and television after over 40 years. She read her last bulletin on Pakistan Television the other day while she had left Radio Pakistan a couple of years ago for health reasons. Ms Zaid, in my opinion, is a national asset and fully […]

Fire safety: Four TV guests killed in blaze on sehri show set

By: Rana Yasif LAHORE: Four people were killed and 15 injured when a television studio in Garhi Shahu caught fire during the transmission of a live sehri show on Monday. Two people including Asim Obaid, the host of Ramazan Kareem, and production head Rasheed Dogar are in critical condition with burn injuries, doctors said. Pir […]

Government target of ‘TV politics’: Zardari

KHAIRPUR: President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday announced that next general elections will be fair, free and impartial and these will be held on time. Addressing workers of Pakistan People’s Party here at the residence of PPP leader Manzoor Wasaan, in D.G. Kot area, the President said, “I want to make promise with the people […]

Hindus outraged over live conversion on TV

By: Ammar Shahbazi Karachi: The Hindu community leaders in Karachi are incensed at the insensitivity displayed towards their faith by a television channel that converted a Hindu boy to Islam on their Thursday’s live Iftar transmission. “Embracing a new faith is a personal matter of an individual, but here this is being promoted as a […]

Maya Khan show: Burney brothers split over Hindu boy’s televised conversion

By: Rabia Ali KARACHI: The conversion to Islam of a Hindu boy working with the Ansar Burney Trust has split the Burney brothers with one defending it and the other calling it a ‘drama’. On Wednesday, chat show host Maya Khan opened the doors to another controversy by televising live Sunil’s conversion in the prime-time […]

Young Qari captivates viewers on Geo TV

KARACHI: “Pehchan Ramazan” the most successful and historic Geo TV programme continued on its 8th day where the child reciters of the Holy Quran (Qari) who had come from Gujranwala on the invitation of renowned broadcaster Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain and astonished thousands of TV viewers. Six-year old Qari Muhammad bin Usman recited the Holy […]

Proselytizing: Live conversion on TV stirs controversy

KARACHI: A Hindu’s conversion to Islam live on television during a prime-time Ramazan chat show has sparked criticism on behalf of religious minorities.In just five minutes, the 20-year-old introduced as Sunil officially changed his religion under a cleric’s guidance. A packed studio audience congratulated him and shouted out suggestions for his new Muslim name before […]

A televised conversion

It is impossible to demand a more responsible media when our remotes automatically turn to the bigots and sensationalists. Ramazan is meant to be a month of modesty, empathy and quiet reflection; sadly, all being qualities that our media lacks. This year, television channels have heaped one indignity after the other on its viewers. The […]

FBR to send tax notices to TV anchors, showbiz celebrities

By: Mehtab Haider ISLAMABAD: Ignoring the ruling elites including ministers, parliamentarians and bureaucrats, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to send tax notices to renowned TV anchors and showbiz personalities on the pretext that they are not paying due taxes on their genuine incomes, The News has learnt. This correspondent personally saw the […]

Violent movies on show

By: NAILA MASOOD Rawalpindi: The Pakistani masses are already going through mental agony because of suicide attacks and the so-called ‘war on terror’. I remember when I was a child, our parents used to stop us from watching movies or dramas that contained violence or horror. Now there is bloodshed everywhere. Nobody knows who is […]

Special children attend Geo TV quiz in ‘Pehchan Ramazan’

KARACHI: The participation of people from different walks of life continued for the 6th day in the direct special transmission of Geo TV’s programme ‘Pehchan Ramazan’ in the Ramazan City. The internationally acclaimed broadcaster Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain had invited special children of the Dewa Academy at the most popular and unique programme of the […]

NAB decides to launch CV: TV channels accused of causing harm to exchequer

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Admiral Fasih Bokhari (Retd) while presiding over an executive board meeting here on Wednesday, decided to launch complaint verification (CV) against private TV channels. According to a NAB press release, it has been reported that private TV channels deduct 15 percent sales tax from advertising agencies, but they don’t deposit […]